Nicco Montano

USA

Starts fast, quickly falls apart
FlyweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Montano lost to Julianna Pena via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time since winning the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Championship in December 2017, Montano started out like a house of fire before having the roof cave in on her in Rounds 2 and 3. Everything that made Montano successful in the opening round -- pressure, takedowns, movement -- vanished over the course of the final 10 minutes. Montano already has a target on her back due to her unwillingness to defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko (she was later stripped of the belt) and a performance like this won't help matters. Montano's detractors say she is nothing more than the creation of a weak season of a reality show, and it's difficult to argue that point until she shows more.
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Finds new opponent for UFC Sacramento
FlyweightUFC
June 26, 2019
Montano will take on Julianna Pena at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
ANALYSIS
Montano needed a new opponent after Julia McMann was removed from the card due to an undisclosed injury. Fortunately, Pena will step in after sitting out for all of 2018 due to her pregnancy and the subsequent birth of her first child. Montano is in a similar boat, having not fought since 2017 for health reasons and then a positive drug test that resulted in a six-month ban.
Needs new Sacramento opponent
FlyweightUFC
June 20, 2019
Montano is in search of a new opponent for UFC Sacramento on July 13, as Sara McMann has been pulled from the fight due to an undisclosed injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
All indications are that Julianna Pena will make her return to the Octagon as a replacement opponent, but with only verbal agreements in place at this time, the promotion has yet to officially announce the fight. Most importantly, it sounds like Montano will remain on the card for her first UFC fight since the TUF 26 Finale in 2017.
Fighting McMann in July
FlyweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Montano (suspension) will face off against Sara McMann in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
ANALYSIS
Montano is 4-2 as a pro and 1-0 in UFC, defeating Roxanna Modafferi via unanimous decision. She had previously been in the flyweight title conversation, but her inability to successfully make weight for her first scheduled title defense, coupled with a recent six-month USADA suspension, has halted her career progress to date. The weight cut shouldn't be as big of a factor this time around, as she'll be alotted an extra 10 pounds and compete at 135 pounds. However, she'll now give up one inch in both height and reach to McMann, who has suffered a loss in back-to-back fights. McMann is no light task for a bantamweight debut, as she's faced multiple former champions and was on a three-fight winning streak prior to the recent skid.
Suspended until mid-May
FlyweightUFC
April 23, 2019
According to a release from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Montano was suspended six months after testing positive for trace amounts of a legal, contaminated supplement back in October.
ANALYSIS
Montano apparently tested positive for slim amounts of ostarine following an out-of-competition test conducted back in October, 2018. Consequentially, Montano accepted a six-month period of ineligibly starting on Nov. 15, meaning she will be eligible to return beginning May 15. Montano wasn't given the normal two-year suspension because she tested positive for a substance which was found in a common, legal supplement (contaminated supplement).
Flyweight title stripped
FlyweightUFC
September 7, 2018
Montano was stripped of her flyweight title after failing to appear at weigh-ins Friday, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Montano, who was scheduled to fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas on Saturday, was taken to the hospital earlier on Friday. The former bantamweight was rendered unable to compete in the bout due to complications with her weight cut. As a result, UFC brass opted to strip the TUF 26 champion of her flyweight title before even giving her a chance to defend it. What the promotion plans to do with the belt remains up in the air, though look for an announcement of a new title fight in the near future.